Relations between the Palestinian Authority and Egypt have been strained since President Mahmoud Abbas rejected the current plan for a truce between Hamas and Israel. An Egyptian security source was to announce the plan after Eid al-Adha.
The majority of Palestinian factions in Cairo agreed to the calm, excluding the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. The PFLP insisted on prioritizing reconciliation at the time of the Palestinian Central Council’s meeting conclusion in Ramallah on Saturday.
Palestinian sources said that the only faction in Cairo that is not currently agreeing with the truce is the PFLP.
During a bilateral meeting yesterday evening, the delegation of people in Cairo informed the Egyptian intelligence officials that they rejected the truce because they must prioritize reconciliation before the truce.
Palestinian sources familiar with the tension between the PA and Egypt attribute Abbas to the rejection of the truce agreement that Egypt and UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process Nikolai Mladenov are working to accomplish along with Palestinian reconciliation.
Sources told Al-Hayat that Mahmoud Abbas is strict on reconciliation and conditions for Hamas’ complete surrender of the Gaza Strip. Abbas wants a singly push for power in the Gaza Strip.
A delegation representing the PLO, headed by a member of its executive committee, the Central Committee of the Fatah Movement Azzam al-Ahmad, signed a similar truce in 2014.
Hamas rejects Ahmad’s presidency and refuses to hand over the territory.
Fatah has not yet joined the factions’ delegation in Cairo, while a senior source in the movement said a delegation would travel to Cairo to join the factions there. The meeting has extended with Egyptian intelligence officials.
Spokesman for the Palestinian Resistance Committees in Abu Mujahid said that the meetings between Cairo and the factions should be completed after Eid al-Adha.
“We are finalizing the signing of the truce terms on all sides,” said an Egyptian security source. “We expect to announce it next week if Fatah helps us.”
Israeli radio quoted a senior Palestinian source in Ramallah, saying that Abbas would stop transferring any funds to the Gaza Strip if Hamas signs the truce agreement.
The Central Council also continued its rejection of the US ‘Deal of the Century’ until it recanted its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. It also considered the US as a partner to the Israeli occupation government and as part of the problem, not the solution for peace.
The meeting also stressed that the PLO is the only group authorized to negotiate with Israel in efforts to calm the Gaza Strip. The reiterated their rejection of efforts to separate the Gaza Strip from the West Bank.
And finally, they warned that the proposal of humanitarian projects, ports and airports outside the borders of Palestine aim to perpetuate the occupation and the destruction of the State and melting of the Palestinian cause.